There’s a segment of homeless in our area that’s growing.
Over the past year organizers of this year’s homeless count said they’ve seen more homeless families. Some of those have found their way to the Salvation Army’s Shelter.
"Over the last year I’ve seen a significant increase in the shelter with families, whether it is headed by a father or a mother," said Shelter Manger Karen Walker. "We have had a significant increase in families becoming homeless."
This month volunteers will take to the streets to count the homeless. They’ll also be dropping off backpacks and sleeping bags to those in need. The chairperson of this year’s event said the count is very important.
"That way we know how many people are out there that are homeless and they can get in contact with us," said Chairperson Doris Peyton. "There are homeless that may need a place to stay, they may need food, they may need clothing, whatever they are looking for we can help them."
To make the count a success they need volunteers to take part. If you would like to count the homeless training will be January 22 at 5 p.m. at the Salvation Army. The count will begin at 6 p.m. They’re also looking for donations of book bags, sleeping bags and wool socks. Those can be dropped off at the Salvation Army on Putnam Avenue.